BLOWN HEAD GASKET?

1998 Ford Taurus

Tiny

HendersonPhoto

September, 17, 2008 AT 1:46 PM

Engine Cooling problem
1998 Ford Taurus 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 98500 miles

Engine overheats after driving about ten minutes in town between 25MPH and 45MPH.
Work done:
-Radiator boiled out, replaced hoses and thermostat. Hoses were blocked up.
-Replaced coolant tank, coolant had red, muddy stuff in it.
I was taking it to the dealership to have it tested and the serp. Belt broke.
-Replaced serp. Belt and tensioner, tensioner was locked up, may have happened when the belt broke.
-Test drove, still overheats, coolant backs up into the tank and outflows.
Question:
How to I check the coolant flow to see if the water pump is pumping?
The radiator cap is not accessible on the Tuarus without removing the front end apparently.
Is there anything other than the head gasket that could be causing this?
The dealership wuoted me $1500 to $2000 to replace the head gasket and no one else in town will do it.
**I also see a small amount of coolant leaking from a hole on the water pump.

1 Answer

Tiny

OPELMAN

October, 26, 2008 AT 10:19 PM

THAT HOLE IS TO LET YOU KNOW THAT THE SEAL IN WATER PUMP IS BAD. NEEDS TO BE REPLACED, BUT THAT MIGHT NOT BE THE SOLUTION TO THE REAL PROBLEM.

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